Trinity Academy

Teachers & Choreographer Mark Howard , Natalie Howard

For nearly 30 years, Trinity Academy of Irish Dance

has thrilled audiences with their inspiring showmanship.

From humble beginnings in church basements to recent

engagements as U.S. ambassadors on international stages,

Trinity dancers consistently bring a unique energy and

passion for Irish dance and culture. Not only is Trinity

the first U.S. school to win a gold medal at the

World Championships, but Trinity’s total world medal count

currently stands at 32. This unprecedented feat among

American schools and their special opportunities

for performance have solidified Trinity’s reputation as the most widely

recognized Irish dance school in the country. Recently Trinity dancers were the

opening act for the 2009 Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon, introducing Mr. Lewis and

presenting a check for funds that they raised. Trinity dancers have also been

featured numerous times on major network shows including appearances

on “The Tonight Show,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “Live” with Regis,

“CBS This Morning,” “Good Morning America” and “The Martha Stewart Show.”

For more information,

Bon Voyage Performance:

Chicago Gets a Sneak Peak

Pre-Tour Performance

June 26, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.
Irish American Heritage Center Auditorium
4626 N. Knox Ave. in Chicago
Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 14 and under
Tickets are available at the door or by emailing clfitzmaurice (at)
For information visit: or call 773-529-4822

Dancers from both France and Japan troupes take the IAHC stage before their overseas

journeys to perform some of Trinity’s finest choreography. From the classic “Johnny”, to

the world champion piece “The Dawn”, to new choreography by Mark Howard , Natalie Howard

and Ellen Waller, this special performance is sure to get your heart racing and

your hands clapping. 100% of the proceeds help defray the costs of Trinity’s

two international trips in July of 2010.

Trinity Irish Dancers Tour France and Japan *

CHICAGO—Trinity Irish Dance takes their show overseas this summer.

Beginning July 6, a Trinity troupe begins a two and a half week tour ofJapan.

The 2010 tour is the third time Trinity toured Japan in recent years.

The 2006 tour by the Trinity Irish Dance Company was received with

such critical acclaim that the Japanese have since been asking for a return tour.

This rare performance schedule puts some of Trinity’s touring veterans

side by side with current world champion dancers. Performance cities

include Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Okinawa, Hamamatsu, Tokyo andSapporo.

The Japanese website for the 2010 Trinity tour is

A second troupe of Trinity dancers, known as Trinity II, represents the United States

at the 37th annual Festival les Cultures du Monde inToulon, France from July 15-26.

The festival boasts over 400 performers from five continents. TII dancers are the

most advanced performers ofTrinity Academy which is comprised of 1200 dancers

in Southern Wisconsin and the Chicagoland area. Most of these dancers have

been dancing with Trinity for the past eight to twelve years, with the progression

into TII being the next step of their journey. TII is a unique opportunity that elevates

Trinity dancers beyond their dancing and competition skills, providing cultural lessons

and leadership skills that are invaluable. To become a part of this elite team, dancers

must qualify based on dancing skill levels, commitment, attendance and performance

potential. Past international performances include the Latium World Folkloric

Festival in Italy, World Cultures Festival in Schoten, Belgium (2006 and 2008),

the Gannat Festival in France, and the International Folklore Festival Veliko Tarnovo in Bulgaria.